Ways to donate during this holiday season
With Christmas fast approaching, the spirit of giving is in full swing thanks to programs throughout the Local 6 viewing area. Below is a list of programs that you can donate to and help families in need. This list will be constantly updated throughout the holiday season.
GRAVES COUNTY, KENTUCKY
CRAM THE CRUISER: Kentucky State Police Post 1 is hosting its annual Cram the Cruiser food drive from now through Monday, Dec. 10 to benefit families in need. You can drop off non-perishable food items at the Post 1 lobby or into the cruiser outside. The location is 8366 State Route 45 North near Hickory. Click here for other drop-off locations.
MASSAC COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
ANGEL TREE: The Massac County Emergency Management Agency has partnered with Guardian Family Services to create an Angel Tree. Hanging on the tree are angel cards, each representing a child who is in a family affected by domestic violence. Each card includes the child’s age, the clothing sizes the child needs, and a list of toys the child wants for Christmas.
Anyone wishing to purchase the listed items for a child can take an angel card from the tree, located just inside the main entrance of the Massac County Courthouse (next to the Superman statue). The gifts can be dropped off at the Emergency Management Agency office in the courthouse basement on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If those times do not work for you, contact Major Chris Thompson at 618-638-7302 to set up another time.
The Emergency Management Agency is asking gifts to be dropped off at the office by 1 p.m. on Dec. 17. Also remember to bring in the original angel card, since it includes the identification number of the child who will benefit.
“Make sure some kids — they wake up on Christmas morning and have presents,” said Thompson. “Hopefully by this, this goodwill gesture will give enough inspiration for those children so that they can grow up and know that life is limitless.”
SHOP WITH A COP: The Massac County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Burnham’s Collision and Towing for the Shop with a Cop program, which will allow children in need to go on a shopping spree with deputies. The sheriff’s office is collecting money until Dec. 14. In addition, Burnham’s Collision will donate $50 for every car-deer repair job. Other businesses are collecting money as well. If you are interested in donating to the program, visit the Massac County Sheriff’s Office at 515 Market St. in Metropolis or call 618-524-2912.
MARSHALL COUNTY, KENTUCKY
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: Mike Miller County Park near Draffenville is holding its annual Christmas in the Park event every night from dusk until 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of light displays throughout the park. Although admission is free, visitors can donate canned goods or money to the Marshall County Caring Needline food bank. Needline representatives will be at the park daily to collect donations. Click here for more information.
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY
CHRISTMAS COP: The Paducah Police Department takes part in the Christmas Cop program every year, which is similar to Shop with a Cop. Visit the program’s Facebook page for more information.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: Noble Park in Paducah also has an event called Christmas in the Park, which features light displays and an opportunity to donate canned goods to benefit food pantries at four organizations: Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Family Service Society, The Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul. Christmas in the Park will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The event’s last day is Dec. 31.
FAMILY SERVICE SOCIETY: Family Service Society in Paducah, which provides food, clothing and other services for people in crisis, is collecting donations for its various programs. One such program is called Santa for Seniors, which provides Christmas dinners and gift baskets for more than 325 households with seniors or adults with disabilities. To donate, visit FSS’ Facebook page.
THE HUGS PROJECT: The Hugs Project of Western Kentucky is making hundreds of Christmas care packages for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. Each box is filled with magazines, toiletries, snacks, and messages of appreciation from the community. The nonprofit relies on donations to pay for the items in the care packages and the cost of shipping, which can cost thousands of dollars. Click here for more information on how to donate.
THE SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN: The Salvation Army in Paducah is looking for bell ringers to help collect donations at its red kettles. For more information on how to sign up and for kettle locations, visit The Salvation Army Paducah’s Facebook page. On Wednesday, members of Atmos Energy rang bells at the Walmart on Hinkleville Road. The company matched all donations.
The list will be updated when we get information on more programs.